Andrew joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Five years ago, Andrew became the 368th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,578 more people have become monthly donors! Andrew's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Khav, father-of-two from Cambodia, to fund hip fracture treatment.
Andrew has funded healthcare for 76 patients in 15 countries.
Khav is a 45-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two daughters, and when he is not helping his family around the house with the cooking and cleaning, he likes to exercise and feed the farm animals. In January 2020, Khav fell off of his motorcycle and suffered trauma to his left hip. He experiences chronic hip dislocation and has daily pain. He is unable to walk without support and has had to stop working. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 27th, Khav will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Treatment will allow him to walk without difficulty and return to work. "I hope that my hip no longer has any pain and I am able to return to work and help take care of my family again."
Rath is a 34-year-old from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for ten years, and have three children together. They live on the army base where Rath's unit is located. Rath is a good soccer player, and he plays often with others in his army unit. When he was only 15 years old, Rath had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Rath experiences severe hearing loss and constant discharge from his ears. He also experiences tinnitus. His ears are chronically infected and require a lot of medicine. His lack of hearing has made it difficult to communicate and affected his career. His family is worried that he will have this problem forever. Rath traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 3rd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Rath said, "Once this ear infection is stopped, I will be able to hear better and maybe have an easier time in my work. Most of all I want to hear the voices of my children when they talk to me."
Chanly has four sons, two daughters, and twelve grandchildren. In the rainy season she farms rice. In her free time she enjoys listening to the news on the radio and playing with her grandchildren. Chanly fell on her left arm causing an elbow dislocation. She took painkillers for a while but the pain never went away. She came to Children's Surgical Centre when the condition worsened. She is unable to work because she can not bend her left arm at all. An open reduction surgery of her left elbow will treat her recurrent dislocation and pain. She will be able to use her arm again. "I hope that the surgery will be done well so I can return to the rice field and do some housework too," Chanly said.
We met with eleven-year-old Ian in the hospital ward as he was admitted for a skin traction after he fell from a tree and broke his left hand. His mother sat beside him helplessly while she watched her only son in pain. It took me time for his mother to talk as she was feeling very disturbed and stressed because of her son's condition. She was trying to help him sit up but he couldn’t because of his fractured hand. Ian was brought to the hospital accompanied by his parents. They walked for hours to get the nearest health facility where he was referred to our hospital for surgical review. On arrival, he had an x-ray done which showed that Ian had fractured his left supracondylar. Ian is the third born child in a family of five. He is the eldest son of Christine and Isaac. They are a humble family who is struggling financially and often lack food for their children. Ian's father is a farmer and his mother is a housewife. They live in a two-roomed mud house in upcountry of Kenya. Ian's father, who is a maize farmer says that his farming is not doing well due to poor rains in the area and he has not been getting good yields in recent years. Medical examination shows that Ian needs urgent surgical intervention for his hand, but his family is unable to raise money for their son’s surgery apart from $30 that they collected from friends and family. His family is requesting our prayers and financial support for Ian’s treatment enable him use his hand. Christine, Ian’s mother says, “It is painful to see my son cry in pain. I hope he will receive treatment soon. All I want is to see him happy.”
Mya Mya is a 40-year-old-woman who lives and work with her elder sister for a herbal medicine production workshop in Sanchaung Township, Yangon Division in Burma. They are originally from Bago Division and moved a few years ago. Since Mya Mya was 18 years old she has felt bronchial asthma and suffered from difficulty breathing. Sometimes she feels severely tired. She went to a health worker at her village and the health worker told her to go and see heart specialist in Yangon. However, at that time she did not have money to go to Yangon, so she did not go. She has only used herbal medicine for treating difficulty breathing since she was 18-year-old, which did help her feel better. For the last four months at night she has severe difficulty breathing, so she woke her sister up and asked her sister to send her to a private clinic called Yaung Chi Oo in Yangon. After the doctor's examination, she was told her that she needs to go and see heart specialist doctor. Then the doctor gave her an injection and some oral medication. Then, she went to Thiri Sandar Private Hospital on January 31, 2020 where she received an echocardiogram. The doctor told her that she has heart disease and she needs surgery. On February 5, Mya Mya went to Kan Thar Yar Hospital (KTYH) as suggested by the doctor at Thiri Sandar Hospital. The doctor at KTYH performed another echo before diagnosing her with large ventricular septal defect (VSD). The doctor at KTYH also told her that she needs surgery. Unfortunately, Mya Mya and her family cannot afford to pay for the surgery. After talking to the nurses and doctor about her problem, the nurses who know Watsi Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) refered her to BCMF. Mya May needs to stop working because of her tiredness. She is worried about her parents because if she cannot work. She shared, "If I recover from my disease, I need to work for my parents, to support them.”
Hervensley is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and older brother in Cap Haitien, a city in northern Haiti. He likes playing with toy cars and listening to the radio. Hervensley has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Hervensley will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On February 26th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage. Hervensley's family needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 costs include labs, medicines, and check-up and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Hervensley's family overseas. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for surgery. His mother said, "Our family will be very relieved and thankful when our son is finally healthy!"
Duncan is a young boy from Kenya, who was 1 month old when he was diagnosed with distal hypospadias. This is a condition where the urethral opening is abnormally placed. His mother took him to the nearest hospital and was referred to a Watsi partner hospital. In March 2018, she brought Duncan to Kijabe and had one successful surgery performed on him. Duncan needs a second surgery to complete his treatment but his family faces a financial crisis to pay for it. Duncan is the second born of two children and lives with his parents and sibling in Eastern Kenya. His parents are peasant farmers without an external source of income. They are not able to raise the funds needed. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I am more hopeful than ever, that my son will get treated,” says Duncan’s mother.
Daw Khin is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter in Yangon Division. She is retired since 2014 and her daughter works for the Myanmar Carlsbery Family Limited (MCCL) Compangy in Yangon. Daw Khin was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Daw Khin cannot sleep well at nights because she often cannot breath well. Daw Khin also cannot walk long distances because she feels very tired if she does so. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Khin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on November 19th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Khin said, "The doctors at different hospitals told me that I need surgery but I kept refusing because I do not have money."
Judith is a middle-aged woman with lower back pain problem that has persisted for over 8 years. Judith has tried managing the condition with injections, medical pills and physiotherapy sessions. The interventions have not been fruitful as she recently started using a walking stick to attain balance. Judith was referred to our facility by a neighbour and upon MRI imaging, she had spinal fusion surgery recommended. If not treated, the pain will persist which might weaken her walking gait further. Judith is a mother of three children and used to work on their farm for subsistence farming but has since stopped. Her husband is employed as a timber yard operator. The family is not able to raise the total funds needed for her surgery and they appeal for financial assistance.
Leah is a child from Tanzania. She is the first born child in her small family, she a playful and curious little girl. Leah’s mother is a stay home mother and her father works as a casual labor. Leah was diagnosed with left genu varus. Her left leg is bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Leah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 13th. Treatment will hopefully restore Leah's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Leah’s mother say, “Please help my daughter get this treatment so he is able to walk without pain or difficulty.”
Paw is a 34-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents, five sisters, two brothers and one nephew in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State. They all work as subsistence farmers growing rice on their own farm. This year her older sister started to work as a cow herd, looking after her aunt’s buffalos. In her free time, Paw likes to work on the farm with her family. Once she has fully recovered, she will go back home and continue to work on their farm and help her family. In May 2019, Paw has been experiencing sharp pain in her lower abdomen as well as back pain and dizziness. She has been diagnosed with dermoid cysts. She has been advised to undergo an oophorectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her ovaries. Fortunately, Paw is scheduled to undergo her oophorectomy on August 29. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw said, “I want to receive treatment and get better soon. I don’t want to suffer from this pain anymore and I don’t want my family to worry about me. I worry for my family as well, because one of my sisters is unwell.”
Baraka is toddler from Uganda. He was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs are bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he experiences difficulty walking and tires easily. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Baraka. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 24. Treatment will hopefully restore Baraka's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Baraka’s mother says, “If it was within my power I would have treated my son a long time ago but due to financial challenges have not been able, please help treat my son his condition worsens every day.”